The president’s proposal, released Thursday, is thin on specifics but offers his broader vision for the federal budget if he were able to make all spending decisions without Congress stepping in.
The Energy Department’s Office of Science would see its $5 billion budget cut by almost 20 percent, while the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy would see its $300 million budget zeroed out.
“We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that”.
However, the administration is also investing in some health-related line items: Trump has proposed a 6% increase in spending for the Department of Veterans Affairs, to $78.9 billion from $74.5 billion, adding health services and promising to improve the VA’s benefit claims system. But the White House does intend to request an increase in spending in fiscal year 2017 to pay for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Todd pushed Mulvaney. “What year?”
Also highlighted in the report were an OH boating club hit by cuts to keeping the Great Lakes clean, and homeowners in Florida’s Gulf Coast affected by reductions to the country’s food insurance programs. The state Department of Environmental Protection, headed by a man who doesn’t believe carbon dioxide is the leading contributor of global warming, is being sheared by 31 percent – a cut that will cost more than 3,200 agency jobs and eliminate dozens of programs that help keep our drinking water safe and our air breathable. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would lose all its funding.
“The first thing I saw was the big cut to the NIH, the National Institutes of Health”.
“Unfortunately, the budget does not include any proposals on mandatory spending or revenue and does not include any proposals or projections beyond 2018”, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget opined.
On Friday, Alexandra Petri’s column on Trump’s proposed budget ran on the Washington Post website.
If Trump wants to push through infrastructure and tax cuts, he will have to get fiscally conservative Republicans behind him and make a deal. He says the meals they deliver allow many low-income seniors to stay in their own homes, something that might now be threatened. Mulvaney said to reporters. Most of the generals and admirals I know believe in projecting US strength through soft power as well as hard power.
Then the president was in Detroit proudly signaling that he had directed the Environmental Protection Agency to back away from new fuel-efficiency standards for cars, standards that were created to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuel and lower carbon emissions.
“Let me ask you a question, do you really think that Social Security Disability Insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security?” he asked.